Phaseolus vulgaris. 100 days. Originally from the Delaware-Lenape Indians who used to live along the Delaware River, and subsequently grown in Pennsylvania for local consumption for many years. "Blue" simply refers to the color of the seeds, and "Shackamaxon" was the name of a former Lenape town in what is now the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The alternate name "Treaty Bean" comes from Shackamaxon reportedly being the site of a 1682 treaty signing between the Lenape and William Penn. Plants are vigorous and good climbers, reaching to about 6 feet tall. If not given anything to climb, plants will spiral around each other and make short self-supporting teepees. Very productive. Reported to be tolerant of drought and cool spring weather. Does well in both warmer and cooler climates in the US. Great as a dry or shell. Thoroughly delicious. Dry beans are good by themselves or in any Mexican recipe calling for black beans. Shelly beans can be cooked with blue corn to make a very blue succotash; and reportedly were traditionally cooked with blue corn meal to make a polenta-like dish unappealingly called "black mush." Pods start green and mature to red and then purple, with the dry pods completely purple. Seeds are a beautiful Steel blue when fresh, drying to solid, shiny black. ~30 seeds per packet.

Grown for us by heritage Meadows Farm in Indiana.

Blue Shackamaxon Bean


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